For nonprofits, success depends on finding supporters for their cause and inspiring them to become recurring donors or volunteers. This requires grabbing the attention of people who feel passionate about your nonprofit’s mission and stewarding relationships with them.

Marketing plays an integral role in this process, ultimately aiding the growth of a nonprofit’s programs and services. The more strategic you can be with your marketing tactics, the farther your marketing dollars will go.

But how do you make your nonprofit stand out in your marketing and be remembered by the community? Here are some tips you can use to increase awareness, engagement, and funding:

1) Define your unique value proposition. Identify what sets your nonprofit apart from others by determining your unique mission, the impact you create, and the values that guide your work. Highlight these distinctive qualities in your marketing materials and messaging.

2) Consider your audience. Think about the people your nonprofit serves and understand your donors’ demographics, interests, and motivations. Conduct surveys, focus groups, and market research to gain insight into their preferences and tailor your marketing efforts to resonate with their needs and values.

3) Develop a compelling brand identity. An effective brand should obviously align with your nonprofit’s mission. When making brand decisions, carefully choose colors, typography, images, and a logo that reflect your organization’s personality and a tone that resonates with your audience. Ensure your branding is applied consistently across all marketing channels.

4) Engage with storytelling. Craft compelling narratives and share stories of individuals and families you have helped, emphasizing their challenges, journeys, and outcomes. Videos are a powerful way to share firsthand experiences and create emotional connections that inspire support.

5) Collaborate with influencers and partners. Identify local celebrities, media personalities, social media influencers, and organizations who are a good fit for your brand. Collaborate with them to expand your reach and gain credibility. Engage in partnerships that provide mutual benefits and allow you to tap into new networks and audiences.

 6) Build relationships with the media. Establish a rapport with local media outlets and journalists who cover topics related to your cause. Pitch compelling stories, offer expert opinions, and provide newsworthy updates to increase your media presence. Media coverage can significantly enhance your visibility and credibility. 

 7) Participate in and host local events. Attending and hosting events in your community is a fantastic way to build relationships with your audience and positively interact with them. Consider unique fundraising events that will create a buzz around town, like holiday parties, charity runs, murder mysteries, fall family festivals, online art events, and dances. Don’t forget to invite the media!

8) Leverage the power of social media. It takes more than stellar and consistent content to drive optimal engagement, reach, and referral traffic. You need to get visual with images, infographics, and videos. Free tools like Canva can help you take your graphics to a higher level. Mix things up by running polls and going live with behind-the-scenes footage that humanizes your organization. Tag other organizations and individuals to increase your chances of a retweet or share. And don’t forget to research and use relevant hashtags.  

9) Measure and optimize. Continuously evaluate the impact of your marketing efforts by reviewing data from your website, social media platforms, email campaigns, and other efforts to understand which strategies are most effective. Adjust your approach based on what is yielding the best results.

Every nonprofit’s marketing strategy will be different. Following these basic guidelines and tailoring your approach should help you get noticed and get the results you need to further your organization’s mission.

Linear Creative is an established digital marketing agency with 20+ years of dedicated nonprofit marketing experience. Our proven and tailored marketing strategies for social service agencies, government agencies, schools, and healthcare providers are designed to achieve maximum results for our valued clients.